Howlin' Wolf - Best of (Chess - the genuine article)

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Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin' Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.

With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues; musician and critic Cub Koda declared, "no one could match [Howlin' Wolf] for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits."[1] Many songs popularized by Burnett—such as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful"—have become standards of blues and blues rock.

At 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm) and close to 300 pounds (136 kg), he was an imposing presence with one of the loudest and most memorable voices of all the "classic" 1950s Chicago blues singers. Howlin' Wolf's voice has been compared to "the sound of heavy machinery operating on a gravel road". Although the two were reportedly not that different in actual personality, this rough edged, slightly fearsome musical style is often contrasted with the less crude but still powerful presentation of his contemporary and professional rival, Muddy Waters, to describe the two pillars of the Chicago Blues representing the music.

Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Little Walter Jacobs and Muddy Waters are usually regarded in retrospect as the greatest blues artists who recorded for Chess in Chicago. Sam Phillips once remarked of Chester Arthur Burnett, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies.' " In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Track list :
1. Moanin' At Midnight
2. How Many More Years
3. I'm The Wolf
4. Baby How Long
5. Evil (Is Going On)
6. Forty Four
7. Smokestack Lightnin'
8. I Asked For Water
9. The Natchez Burnin'
10. Who's Been Talkin'
11. Sittin' On Top Of The World
12. I've Been Abused
13. Howlin' For My Baby
14. Wang Dang Doodle
15. Back Door Man
16. Spoonful
17. Down In The Bottom
18. The Red Rooster
19. I Ain't Superstitious
20. Goin' Down Slow
21. 300 Pounds Of Joy
22. Killing Floor
23. Dust My Broom
24. Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road
25. The Red Rooster


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